Warren County Career Center Class of 2021 named Co-Valedictorians Roberta Orebaugh, Little Miami, Cosmetology; and Robert Lipps, Franklin, Electricity.
Roberta “Bird” Orebaugh will attend Wilmington College next year and pursue a Self-Designed Major in Animal Health, Behavior, and Psychology. She plans to work as a cosmetologist in a salon and volunteer at a local Humane Association while in college.
“At the Career Center, I have learned so much about Cosmetology, thanks to Ms. Staten,” she said. “She has also helped me beyond just Cosmetology; she has encouraged me to keep going and to never give up. In addition to Ms. Staten, I have had many amazing teachers such as Mr. Stulz, Mr. Herring, and Ms. Chandler. Many teachers at the Career Center have pushed me to be the best that I can possibly be, which has helped me to succeed thus far and has set me up for future success.”
So far this school year, she has earned scholarships from the Warren County Educational Service Center Franklin B. Walter Scholarship, Wright State University Dean’s List, and Procter & Gamble, and was inducted into the WCCC National Technical Honor Society. She currently works at a non-profit organization that trains service animals.
Her parents are Gwyn Jeans and Michael Orebaugh, and she has a sister, Marlyna Orebaugh.
Robert Lipps plans to pursue an electrical engineering degree through the Sinclair-University of Dayton Academy, so he will attend Sinclair for two years and then finish at the University of Dayton to earn his bachelor degree. He has a strong interest in politics and government, too, and got his start in public service as Ohio SkillsUSA Vice President this past school year. He is an advocate for career technical education and credits WCCC and his instructors with helping him reach his career goals and also supporting him in SkillsUSA.
“Mr. Centers is by far the best teacher I’ve ever had,” he said. “On day one he made us feel comfortable in his classroom and we all continue to feel comfortable talking with everyone in the room. He taught us that by working hard, showing up on time, and being honest will get you far. And it really did! This year I was able to be heavily involved in SkillsUSA as a state officer and a competitor at the state level. One quote I will remember for the rest of my life is ‘don’t let schooling get in the way of your education’ and it has impacted me greatly. By living by this rule, I’ve renewed my love for school. Ms. Frandoni was the teacher that has worked with me during my whole school year with SkillsUSA. She has been my biggest supporter as I was state officer and even today, she is my go-to as I write my speech for being Co-Valedictorian.”
So far this school year, he has been granted financial aid and scholarships from Sinclair and UD for roughly $60,000, a $250 scholarship from the Middletown Community Foundation, a $500 scholarship from the Springboro Cemetery Association, and was inducted into the National Technical Honor Society.
He has spearheaded a toy drive for the past two years for children in the area at Christmas, and plans to continue while in college. He also plans to continue his work with the Middletown Community Foundation. He began working at Invotec during his senior year, and plans to continue through college.
His parents are Robert Lipps and Melissa Lipps.